Young Writers Workshop Residential Teacher & Counselor

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Working Title: Young Writers Workshop Residential Teacher & Counselor

Position Type: Hourly Wage

Department: Curry School of Education

Location: Lynchburg

Posting Date: 11-06-2018

Posting Summary:
The Young Writers Workshop (YWW) of the University of Virginia, established in 1982 as the nation's flagship program for teenage writers, is in its fourth decade of bringing together a community of writers with a common purpose: to create a supportive, non-competitive environment where writers in grades 9-12 can live and work together as artists.

Sponsored by the Curry School of Education, the YWW is seeking applicants for the position of Residential Teacher & Counselor (RTC) to staff its 2019 summer program for aspiring teenager writers located on the campus of Sweet Briar College. RTC's are responsible for: assisting teaching faculty in daily writing workshop sessions in one of six genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, script writing [stage and screen], song writing or graphic text); teaching genre-specific writing labs; sponsoring student social/cultural events; designing and teaching elective short-courses covering a range of artistic, literary, and recreational interests; residential supervision of 10-12 student participants during meals and free time including evenings and weekends, overnight, and the activities that occur during these times, such as visiting writer readings, theater performances, field trips and recreational activities.

Applicants must have: completed at least one year of college with liberal arts coursework; experience working with adolescents (in a tutoring, camp counselor, after-school program or an equivalent type of experience); the ability to relate to adolescents; involvement in the literary arts, such as study in creative writing courses, participation in theater arts groups, journalism experience, or performing arts expertise; strong interpersonal skills, sound judgment, effective collaboration with others; and knowledge of basic word processing/computer programs (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, google docs, search engines,). Preferences include: experience in the program; two or more years of liberal arts course work; video and audio production programs (e.g., Photoshop, Garage Band); web design (e.g., Tumblr, WordPress, Blogspot) supervision and instruction of adolescents in a residential academic program; creative writing skills in one or more genres; skill in secondary level instruction methods; skill in video, audio, and web design; a valid Driver's License and Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR certification.

Counselor positions are for 6 weeks during the summer, June 17-July 28. Applicants selected for this position enroll in a one credit hour graduate course in writing instruction for teen writers, for which tuition and fees are provided. Course work is an integrated part of the on-site training for this position.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0624420, complete the application and attach:
1) a cover letter;
2) CV/Resume;
3) a statement of your background and interest in writing and in teaching and mentoring young writers (Writing Sample 1);
4) a total of 5-7 pages showing original writing in the two specific genres in which you have most interest, i.e., fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, script writing (stage and screen), songwriting, and/or graphic text (Writing Sample 2).

Applicant screening begins November 17, 2018 but the position will remain open until filled.

This is a wage position which is not eligible for leave or other benefits and is limited to 1500 hours of work in a year. For more information, refer to the Wage Employment link:

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and the ability to collaborate with others on shared goals is required. The ability to relate to adolescents is essential.

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Posted: 11/7/2018
Application Due: 1/4/2019
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